Community speed watch initiative launched in Fife

Police in Fife have launched a new community-led road safety initiative in a number of areas across the Kingdom.

Saturday, 11th June 2016, 9:51 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:27 pm
The speed initiative will be led by police in Fife with help from volunteers
The speed initiative will be led by police in Fife with help from volunteers

It’s after speeding was identified as one of the main concerns for communities in Fife.

Community Speed Watch is a traffic monitoring initiative co-ordinated by Fife Division Community Police in partnership with other agencies but, importantly, is led by community volunteers as well as police officers.

This week, it was rolled out in Glenrothes, Dunfermline and parts of north east Fife with the aim of improving road safety and detecting dangerous driving.

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The scheme is simple to operate with fully trained community volunteers carrying out roadside checks by utilising specialist equipment such as the Falcon and Unipar speed detection devices.

Drivers who are found to be exceeding the speed limit will be sent a letter and advised of their speed.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, area commander for north east Fife, said: “This initiative provides us with valuable eyes and ears in the community and we are very grateful to people who have already volunteered.

“However, we are always looking for additional members of the public to assist.

“We are actively looking for people in the community who want to be involved in increasing safety on their roads and this is an excellent opportunity to be involved directly in addressing the problem in your own area.

“This initiative is essential in increasing road safety and awareness in our communities.

“If you and other members of your community think that speeding traffic has a dangerous or antisocial impact in your neighbourhood then contact your local Community Police Officer.”

If anyone in the Fife area is interested in joining Community Speed Watch in their area they should contact their local police station by telephoning 101.

Police in Fife are committed to Community Engagement. To speak with your community officer please phone 101 or online at and select Fife Division. Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers can access the service via Text Relay on 1 800 1 101.

In an emergency always dial 999 - when someone is in danger, a crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby.